Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with 34 Fi(...)

Fr Peter McVerry says in places buying drugs is easier than buying pizza.

Buying drugs in parts of Ireland can be easier than ordering pizza,” said campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, who believes the “war on drugs has long been lo(...)

People have until Friday, June 19th to outline their plight and give their opinion on reducing the bankruptcy period from three years to one. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Homeowners facing bankruptcy as a result of mortgage difficulties are being invited to outline their plight in online submissions expected to be view(...)

Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney paid tribute to the Naval Service for its professionalism in preparing the LE Eithne for such a major humanitarian mission in just five days. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed confidence that the LE Eithne will play an important role when it joins the European effort to rescue the thousands(...)

Mountjoy Prison, which new figures reveal contains the highest concentration of prisoners in illegal possession of mobile phones.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has revealed that prison authorities are currently considering a number of technologies aimed at blocking (...)

Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis introduced a Dáil debate on the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill to deal with an anomaly in existing legislation.

A Garda training programme on domestic violence, axed because of lack of funding, must be re-instated, the chairman of the Oireachtas justice committe(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: “There’s been no cover-up by me or Sinn Féin on this matter.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Oireachtas Justice Committee may move to invite alleged rape victim Maíria Cahill and others including Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in to inqu(...)

Chairman designate of the National Disability Authority Helen Guinan said employment for people with disabilities was high on the agenda for the agency. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Employment for people with disabilities is a “high area of need and importance”, the chairman designate of the National Disability Authority has said.(...)

Cabinet reshuffle 4:45

The Cabinet reshuffle early next month will mean six senior Ministers being replaced by Ministers of State and Government backbenchers, according to (...)

Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell.

The judge chairing the inquiry into taped telephone calls at Garda stations should be asked if his work could be prejudiced by the Department of Justi(...)